Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

From Third Beach to Hoh River, hike up to 17.5 miles with 1,900 feet of gain. Hike one-way from Third Beach to the Hoh River or out-and-back from Third Beach to anywhere down the beach. This hike can be challenging with rope ladders to ascend and descend headlands, rocky beaches to hike, and creeks to wade, but it is a spectacular trip along the Olympic Coast beaches.

on the trail

This is a spectacular section of Washington’s Wild Olympic Coast. 100 Classic Hikes in Washington, 2nd ed. says, Wild forest and wild ocean, woods animals and sea birds, tide pools and a series of wave-carved stacks called the Graveyard of the Giants, the constant thunder of surf.

Here are good campsites and places to turn around along the way from the Third Beach trailhead to the Hoh River:

  • Third Beach - 1.4 mi from the trailhead
  • Scott Creek - 4.4 mi from the trailhead, 3.0 mi from Third Beach
  • Strawberry Point - 5.6 mi from the trailhead, 1.2 mi from Scott Creek
  • Toleak Point - 6.8 mi from the trailhead, 1.2 mi from Strawberry Point
  • Mosquito Creek - 11.4 mi from the trailhead, 4.6 mi from Toleak Point
  • Jefferson Cove - 14.9 mi, from the trailhead, 3.5 mi from Mosquito Creek
  • Hoh River - 17.5 mi from the trailhead, 2.6 mi from Jefferson Cove

notes

  • This hike can be challenging with rope ladders to ascend and descend headlands, rocky beaches to hike, and creeks to wade.
  • The trip needs to be scheduled to take advantage of favorable tides.
  • A car shuttle will allow a one-way hike.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 17.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • 360 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
Map
  • Green Trails La Push No. 163S
  • Custom Correct South Olympic Coast
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
Activities

Upcoming Activities



Adventure Club - Backpacking Trip - Olympic Coast South: The Wildcatter Coast

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
MAC members go on a multiday backpack trip somewhere in Washington.
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - Sun, Jun 23, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 26
Seattle Branch
Carl Marrs
Qualified Youth Leader
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